Centers surprisingly in high demand

Originally Published: February 26, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

At one time, not all that long ago, center was the most anonymous position on an otherwise anonymous offensive line unit.

No more.

Because of changes in the game, particularly the number of teams that play 3-4 defenses, the center spot has grown rapidly in importance. It is rare anymore to see a productive offensive line without a very good center. Certainly, the position has gained newfound respect around the league.

For whatever reason, the unrestricted free agent market this ...

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